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Can't go to Italy for a refreshing drink in a palazzo? Try these recipes to bring the country's bold flavors into your home with Luxardo Limoncello and Maraschino Originale liqueurs.

Cuban Limoncello

A nice lemony twist to the traditional rum and coke.

1 1/2 ounces white rum

1 ounce Limoncello Luxardo

2 1/2 ounces cola

Prepare directly in the glass with cracked ice. Garnish with a slice of lemon.

Cillo Margarita

The lemon liquor gives an Italian kick to this Tex-Mex classic. 

1 1/4 ounces tequila

1 ounce Luxardo Limoncello

1/2 ounce Roses lime juice

2 ounces sweet and sour mix

Shake ingredients over ice and strain. Garnish with a lime.

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The name says it all. This drink is perfect for a Saturday afternoon on the patio.

1 1/2 ounce gin

1 ounce Limoncello Luxardo

2 1/2 ounce tonic water

Prepare directly in the glass with cracked ice. Garnish with a slice of lemon. 


This cocktail took second place at the Italian Bar Festival in 2007.   2 1/2 ounces blueberry juice (Ocean Spray, found a Kroger)

1 ounce Maraschino Luxardo

1 ounce vodka

1/2 ounce prosecco

Shake the blueberry juice with the Maraschino Luxardo and the vodka. Serve in a chilled glass, top off with prosecco.

Orange (Ardo)

Shake up Sunday brunch with this thirst quenching cocktail. 

1 ounce Maraschino Luxardo

Orange juice

Mix Maraschino Luxardo and orange juice in a tall glass with ice.

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Mix tip: The company’s website has Italian and English versions. Some of the recipes listed were converted from parts to ounces, based on a 5-ounce drink.


Photo: Heather Witherspoon